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Some Thoughts on Wisconsin


Submitted by Jim Aune on June 5, 2012 - 9:25pm


Isaiah 40:31--But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

I will admit that I thought the recall was probably misguided, largely because I distrust the direct democracy, e.g. initiative and referendum, pioneered by Progressives in the early 20th century. In an extended republic, it is probably better to have stable deliberative filters to contain popular passions. But, having said that, rather abstractly, my heart goes out to the teachers, nurses, firefighters, and police in Wisconsin who were targeted by millions of out-of-state money in this election. The only legacy of George W. Bush and Karl Rove, besides the legitimation of torture, was the decision to split the US into urban/rural, suburban/university town, black/white/hispanic, Jew/Christian. We remain a 50/50 nation, and the deadlock only gets broken by massive expenditures of money, voter suppression, and deceptive robocalls. They have all the guns and all the money. But the next round will be ours. And the next round may well be won at the barricades on the street, not the ballot box. Tin foil enough for you, Anonymouse?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 6, 2012 - 5:35pm.

"Peter Beinart (2011) predicts that the union busting activities in the Midwestern United States will serve the political reelection campaign of President Barack Obama by allowing President Obama to replay Clinton’s 1996 triangulation strategy presenting himself to voters as the moderate middle ground."

Sigh.

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